Video: The postman never rings at Queens apartment building- until a TV reporter show up

OZONE PARK, Queens (PIX11) – For almost four months, postal carriers have been passing by 97-05 103rd Ave., an apartment building in Ozone Park, Queens, without making any attempt to deliver the mail. The tenants have been forced to go to the local post office, 10 blocks aways, to pick up their mail. Why?

Landlords Mike Tummolo and his son Mike Jr. say instead of the postman carrying keys to open the front doors of the apartment buildings on his route, as he used to, in November the Postal Service began requiring a box on the outside of the apartment buildings where the key to the front door could be kept. The Tummolos put the box in, but the Postal Service said it’s too far away from the door. The landlords says they were never told where the box had to be and it’s too cold to move it now.

“The cement doesn’t set well when it’s that cold”, said Mike, Jr., who sought to work out a middle ground with the post office to ensure delivery, and then move the box when the weather got better.

But the postal service said no, and has refused to deliver mail to the building ever since. The surveillance cameras show the carriers walking past the building, past the key keeper box, never stopping.

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  • Michael

    Carriers should never carry keys to any buildings on their route. There are just too many
    scenarios (lost, stolen, forgot to leave them at the post office before off-day or vacation) that would be costly to both the mail recipients as well as the building owners. Key keepers should always be within reach of the lock that the key is intended. That way the key can be retrieved, used to unlock the door and placed back into the box all before the carrier enters the building.

  • MikeS

    Its not even optional. The regulations prohibit carriers from carrying keys to private buildings, although in reality I know it happens all the time.